Updated at: 26-05-2022 - By: Sienna Lewis

With welting, cushions, pillows, and slipcovers can be given a finished look by emphasising design lines and highlighting seams. There are many different shapes and colors available, but making your own is simple and straightforward.


I used 8/32′′ cording for this instruction.

A zipper foot sewing machine.

a thread in which the same text appears





Take a measurement of the item to which the welting is to be applied before you begin. Add an additional three inches to the length. Trim the cord to the same width and length. Use a 20×20 cushion for this tutorial. The cording was reduced to 83 inches because of this.

Cutting Fabric Strips

Cording should be wrapped around the bias, i.e., along one side of the material, by strips of fabric. When it comes to curves and corners, bias-cut cloth is more supple. Since this method works best for me most of the time, I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve occasionally cheated and cut my material straight down, even if the fit was still excellent.

There are occasions when cutting many strips is necessary because one piece of fabric simply isn’t long enough. The two strips I required were in this case.

Determine the circle of the cording and multiply it by two to get the length of your strips of fabric. For me, it was 1 3/4″ broad pieces of fabric – 3/4″ for the cording’s circle and 1″ for the 1/2″ seam allowance – that I used.

Piecing Fabric Strips

This is how you can attach two ends of bias fabric strips together.

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew and pin across the diagonal.

Open up the seams. As many strips as necessary can be made using the same procedure. Cut the fabric strip a bit larger than the cable.

Open the seams. If you need to make more strips, do so in the same way you did the first time. Cut a cloth strip that is slightly larger than the cord.

Cut diagonally, and then follow the instructions above.

The welting process

A quarter of an inch of wire should dangle over the side of the fabric strip, with both sides facing out and the long edges lining up. Several people prefer to pin the fabric in place before stitching, while others prefer not to do so. Wrapping the cording in a circle and adjusting my sewing path while doing so is more efficient and time-saving.

Open the seam when you get to the point where two strips of fabric are linked.

Use the zipper foot to sew your garments together. To make the procedure of attaching the two cord ends easier, I rarely stitch the last few inches of cording.

Attaching Welting

It’s time to put on your welting once it’s set. Using a cushion, as I mentioned earlier, I’ll show you how to make a cushion. Begin sewing the welting at the bottom of the pillow or the rear border of the object to which it will be attached.

Fabric clips with unfinished edges aligned on one side are used to pin welting to fabric clips at curved points.

To cut the cording, you must finish the entire process and be done with it. Cording seams may need to be ripped apart. Fabric should be at least one inch larger than cording.

Use thread and a needle to sew the cording’s ends together.

When you fold the cloth in half, cover the raw edge of the other end with it. Fold the edgy portion. Pin.

How do you create a welting cord?

  1. Strip the fabric by cutting it diagonally across the grain.
  2. Using the illustration as a guide, sew two pieces of fabric together at an angle.
  3. Inside the cloth strips, stitch the cords.
  4. Make sure your fabric cords are tucked away and ready to use.

How to Make a Welt Pocket

Sewing one welt pocket welt is a good place to start if you’re new to the process. Follow the steps outlined in the paragraph that follows:

  1. Fusible The cloth is padded with interfacing. Place an interfacing strip to the side of the pocket on the garment’s reverse side to reinforce the fabric’s structure and shape. It is possible to use hand-basting stitches to make it easier to notice the welt (the front of the pockets) on the dress’s reverse.
  2. Lay out a pocket pattern. On the back of your clothing, draw a horizontal line (on another side to be able to see the side that is opposite of your interfacing). The length and position of the pocket mouth will be determined by this line.
  3. Defining the welt On the reverse of the fabric, using a piece of interfacing half the size of these measurements, measure your welt and cut it out. Using the short ends, attach the right and left sides together by folding them in half. Trim the seam allowances and flip the fabric right-side out to make sure the interfacing is within the folded welt. It’s best to mark the seam line at or near the top of the garment.
  4. Keep your welts aligned with your garment. Make use of your welt by placing it on top of your attire (the seam line that you sketched across your welt will be aligned in a horizontal direction with that line that you traced on the right side of your clothing). For the purpose of attaching the pocket to your clothes, sew around the welt.
  5. Incorporate lining into the pocket. It is best to sew or sew-on the pocket liner to the garment. After that, sew along the stitch lines after flipping your clothing over to the other side. Afterward, flip your pocket over the lining and trim your seam allowance to approximately a quarter inch.
  6. Create another stitch. If you’ve already made the allowance for seams, you’ll need to sew a second stitch beneath the first one. This particular length of stitch is one stitch shorter than before.
  7. Cut the entrance of the pocket. Cut through the two stitch lines in the pocket liner using a pair of scissors. Snip diagonally toward the welt’s edges, making small triangular cuts in the cloth.. Cut into the garment on the other side and repeat the procedure.
  8. You can make your own rucksack. This stage is done once you’ve finished constructing your welt. Using the split you formed in your fabric, put the pocket lining through, then fold the welt inward to conceal the opening of your pocket. Remove the lining from the dress and lay it out on a level surface. Make an inward fold in the top portion of the pocket lining, and then stitch or trim the seam allowances on both sides of the pocket bag as you close it up.
  9. The final touch is to complete the look. It is important to keep the pocket flap in place while maintaining a modest aperture in order to avoid a bulky garment.

What Exactly Is A Sewing Machine Welting Foot?

Using a Woven foot, you may quickly produce trimmings. Piped feet are another term for it, but that’s a generic term. To learn more about presser feet, check out our tutorial on sewing machine attachments.


Finished! You are familiar with sewing welting, an elegant trim that strengthens seams. It is similar to a pipe in that it may be used with a pipe, but it includes a cord inside.